For some reason all three of our young children seem to be excessively emotional lately. What’s the problem? I think part of the problem is developmental. I can think of a number of factors for all three children (ages four, two, and one):
- Young children fatigue more frequently
- They haven’t learned how to respond to their own emotions
- They aren’t all that great at communicating
- They’re sinners who haven’t learned that being selfish isn’t pleasant for them or others
- They do not have the Holy Spirit helping them to do right
Lately, all the crying of all three has been taking its toll on me. I’m weary of being a broken record. I’m weary of unchanged hearts. I find myself getting irritated (read: angry) quickly. I’m also a bit fearful that the problem is me. Am I coddling them, or contributing to the problem in some other way?
What should I do? My first reaction is that I need to get away. I have an opened bag of 60% cocoa Ghiradelli chocolate chips in the cupboard, and those always make me feel better. Maybe I should send all the children outside, or put them all in their bedrooms. Maybe I need to find a babysitter and spend an afternoon at the spa, without any cares to distract me from relaxing. After all, doesn’t everyone tell me that I deserve a break, some time for myself?
Actually, although some of those responses might be good ones (the chocolate is sounding really spiritual right now), what I really need is the restorative waters of God’s Word. That’s what I’m going to do right now.